Am I angry? Am I still angry even after hearing and reading about how the "government is trying to take the guns" ad nauseum? Damn right.
Bruce Embrey wrote a poem he graciously allowed me to share. He's angry, too. And frustrated.
PREEN AND PRANCE AND PROMISE
by Bruce C. Embrey, Retired JudgeCan you recall the first timeYou heard that children died,In school where they were safeFrom the crazy, rising tide?
It started out with ColumbineAnd we thought surely nowOur politicians would respondWith a solution that really wows.
They preened and pranced and promisedBut nothing could they pass,For the NRA and gunmakersHad them by the ass.
"The right to arms is absolute,"The NRA still lies.Fearful politicians voice agreementSo honesty has died.
When you take their money they own youAnd never can you strayLest you lose their supportAnd risk their intimidating way.
The names of schools keep piling up,Sandy Hook, Parkland, Noblesville,Uvalde, 288 in all.But wait a month, we'll count againAnd add the latest brawl.
"I have a right," the gun lobby says,"And on that point we won't give."But I hear the voices of dead children asking,"Don't I have a right to live?"
We'll never collect guns although that lieHas persisted for many years.It's the most effective wayTo stoke the fire of fears; AND SELL GUNS!
Are guns so very importantThat they buy the votes of Congress?Are we to trust the so-called leadersWho betray us by accepting their largess?
I hear the voices of the deadWhose shattered bodies scream."Are gun rights so importantThat they trump our right to dream?"
So preen and prance and promise onWe know you won't answer the call.But surely your reasons should make more sense,For now they make none at all.
Have a good week. Be nice to somebody.